Project Name
Strengthening and Use of Country Safeguard Systems
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Regional
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7566-REG: Strengthening and Use of Country Safeguard Systems
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 5.00 million
TA 7566-REG: Strengthening and Use of Country Safeguard Systems (Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 3.00 million
TA 7566-REG: Strengthening and Use of Country Safeguard Systems (Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 7566-REG: Strengthening and Use of Country Safeguard Systems (Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas
  • Environmentally sustainable growth
  • Inclusive economic growth
  • Regional integration
Drivers of Change
  • Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector
  • Public sector management / Public administration - Reforms of state owned enterprises

No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
The Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was approved by the Board of Directors in July 2009 and became effective in January 2010. As a key policy feature, the SPS places major emphasis on the need to assist DMCs to strengthen their own safeguard systems and enhance their implementation capacity in addressing environmental and social risks associated with development projects. The SPS comes at a critical time when ADB is scaling up its assistance to DMCs in promoting environmentally sustainable and inclusive economic growth. This proposed technical assistance (TA) is designed to implement the SPS requirements for the strengthening and effective implementation of country safeguard systems (CSS).

Enhanced environmental and social sustainability of development projects in participating DMCs, regardless of source of funding

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Strengthened CSS in one or more of the following areas in each participating DMC:

Improved country legal and regulatory frameworks for environmental assessment and management, involuntary resettlement and/or Indigenous Peoples

Strengthened institutions and capacity of relevant government agencies, CSOs, and/or other stakeholder groups for effective implementation of laws and regulations

Enhanced state-owned or private sector companies' environmental and social management systems

Enhanced programs for public awareness and involvement in environmental and social assessment, planning, and implementation process

Improved mechanisms for information sharing and knowledge management and dissemination

Action plans developed and adopted for implementation by governments or private sector companies

Enhanced partnerships among development partners for long-term programs with funding sources available for CSS strengthening and effective implementation

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

1. Implement a series of country-and/or subregional-level subprojects

2. Knowledge management and dissemination

3. Cooperation among development agencies

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1: Implement a series of country-and/or subregional-level subprojects

Twenty-nine subprojects involving 25 DMCs were approved. Of the 29 subprojects, 26 involved individual DMCs while three covered multiple countries. Among the 26 subprojects involving individual DMCs, there were three for Central and West Asia, three for East Asia, four for the Pacific, five for South Asia, and 11 for Southeast Asia. Among the three covering multiple countries, the first was for ESMS capacity building for private sector financial intermediaries, the second was for the EIA clearinghouse and capacity strengthening through twinning, and the third was for the training and knowledge sharing for CSS strengthening in the Pacific. All 29 subprojects were completed by 31 December 2016.

Output 2: Knowledge management and dissemination

To promote effective knowledge sharing among the DMCs, including South-South cooperation and partnership among multilateral and bilateral agencies for CSS strengthening, the first CSS Regional Workshop in April 2012 was organized with support from TA 7566. This was followed by the second Regional Workshop in October 2014. In 2016, the TA also supported two CSS Subregional Workshops -- one for Central, West, and East Asia; and another for South and Southeast Asia. The Third Regional Workshop on CSS was held in April 2017.

TA 7566 likewise supported a regional CSS mapping exercise to undertake initial diagnostic assessments of developing member countries.

Output 3: Cooperation among development agencies

ADB has played a core role in promoting partnership on CSS in the region. In 2012, a joint community of practice on CSS involving ADB, DFAT, Australia, JICA, and the World Bank was established.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
1. TA Advisers (36 person months, international) 2. Country Safeguard Specialists in environment, involuntary resettlement, and indigenous peoples. (30 person months, national) 3. TA Administration Coordinators (42 person months, national) 4. International and national consultants for carrying out country subregional level subprojects and corresponding person months will be determined by ADB departments during TA implementation


Responsible ADB Officer
Abbas, Zehra
Responsible ADB Department
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division
Environment and Safeguards Division, SDCC
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank


Concept Clearance
26 Jul 2010
Fact Finding
26 Jul 2010
Last Review Mission
PDS Creation Date
20 May 2010
Last PDS Update
02 Aug 2017


TA 7566-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Jul 2010 - 26 Jul 2010 31 Dec 2013 30 Apr 2017 14 Sep 2017
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
10,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,000,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 9,897,485.75
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